The Citizen (KZN)

Focused Scottie just hates losing

MASTERS: INCREDIBLE ABILITY TO REMAIN IN ‘THE ZONE’

- Augusta

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler’s showcased once again his outstandin­g ability to keep his focus and calm as he marched to his second win at Augusta National on Sunday and then revealed his ruthless side.

Scheffler’s low-key personalit­y and his lack of emotion on the course have led many to presume that he spends his life in what athletes like to call “the zone”.

For some observers, the world No 1’s Christian religious beliefs combined with an uncomplica­ted approach to golf go a long way to explaining the unflustere­d way he went about the back-nine on Masters Sunday.

But after slipping on the green jacket again, Scheffler admitted he is driven by a fierce competitiv­e streak.

“I love winning. I hate losing. I really do,” he said. “And when you’re here in the biggest moments, when I’m sitting there with the lead on Sunday, I really, really want to win badly.”

Scheffler is always comfortabl­e discussing his Christian faith but his words suggested that while he doesn’t want his identity to be defined by results, he can’t escape that fierce determinat­ion to win.

“I believe that today’s [Sunday’s] plans were already laid out many years ago, and I could do nothing to mess up those plans. I have been given a gift of this talent, and I use it for God’s glory,” he said.

“So when I’m out there, I try to compete to the best of my abilities. I really want to win. I feel like that’s how I was designed. I’ve been that way since I was a young kid. That’s always been a part of me, and I don’t think that should be going away anytime soon.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that either,” he said.

Scheffler’s hunger for more suggests his current domination of the sport – he has won three tournament­s already this year – might not be a fleeting spell at the top.

“I feel like I’m playing really good golf right now,” he said. “I’m as in control of my emotions as I’ve ever been, which is a good place to be.

“I feel like I’m maturing as a person on the golf course, which is a good place to be, so it’s hard to argue with the results of the last few weeks.” –

 ?? Picture: Getty Images ?? UNSTOPPABL­E. American Scottie Scheffler with the prestigiou­s trophy and his green jacket after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday.
Picture: Getty Images UNSTOPPABL­E. American Scottie Scheffler with the prestigiou­s trophy and his green jacket after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday.

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